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Tanja Malo ‘Liberty Bracelets’ Tana Lawn, 1930’s glass buttons & hemp. £17 each

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Tanja Malo ‘Indigo Bracelets Overdyed Liberty, Kimono, silk threads & hemp. £17 each

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Tanja Malo ‘Kimono Bracelets’ Bound Japanese fabrics & hemp. £22 each

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Tanja Malo ‘Old Key Necklace’, ‘Looking Glass Necklace’, ‘Kimono Lens Necklace’ 1920’s lens, 1960’s chain, Japanese cotton & paper box. £45, £55, £65

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Tanja Malo ‘Looking Glass Necklace’ & ‘Kimono Bracelet’ 1920’s lens, 1960’s chain & paper box, bound Japanese fabrics & hemp. £55, £22

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Tanja Malo ‘Liberty Bracelet’ Tana Lawn, fabric button & hemp. £17

We are so thrilled to have work by new maker, Tanja Malo.

Tanja studied jewellery in Japan, was brought up in rural Sweden with roots in Finnish Lapland. She uses found kimono prints, hemp, nettle and raw silk from Nepalese and Laotian mountain farms, handmade silver from Sweden, both old and new Liberty of London fabric… exquisite!

‘I started collecting fabrics when I first moved to Japan in the late 90’s, and continued during many journeys throughout the Far East in the ten years that followed. The gathering and learning about materials from the people who produced and worked with them everyday led to ideas of how to use the smallest piece of fabric, threads on factory floors, and make it into something beautiful and valuable. In the process, my form of jewellery making was found: preserving what might have otherwise been lost.

These pieces are made out of these found kimono prints, odd pieces from small antique stores in border towns, hemp, nettle and raw silk from Nepalese and Laotian mountain farms, handmade silver from Sweden, both old and new Liberty of London fabric. 

Click Here to see more from The Winter Show.

Philippa Robbins. Frida. Papier mâché, gummed paper & tin foil. 64cm high.

Philippa Robbins ‘Frida’ Papier mâché, gummed paper & tin foil. 64cm high.

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Philippa Robbins ‘Bette‘ Papier mâché gummed paper, tin foil & dental cast. 52cm high

Philippa Robbins. The Prisoner. Papier mâché gummed paper, tin foil & dental cast. 52cm high

Philippa Robbins ‘The Prisoner’ Papier mâché gummed paper, tin foil & dental cast. 52cm high

A true highlight of this year’s Winter Show - Philippa Robbins “An Audience of Puppets” which inspired a series of wall based works on paper with an immediate question:

Who exactly is the audience? Is it the viewer or is it the puppets?

The puppets themselves, whether watching, or being watched, or both, are based on family and friends and made of gummed paper, taped tissue and dental casts and are then carefully clothed. Philippa is even making one of Pauline.

The subtle and all too seldom art of puppetry stirs emotions and excites curiosity. The puppets are showy, tender, humorous, intriguing, sometimes venomous and a beautiful reflection of humanity.

‘These puppets are the starting point for a forthcoming exhibition here in 2016. They are often based on real people, living and dead, but in the course of their transition from a silver foil closed armature to finished hand puppets they seem to create their own identities.’

If you interested in commissioning a puppet, Philippa will be making further puppets to add to the audience for the 2016 exhibition.

 

 

Delft Blue Icons by Pepe Heykoop. Paper Vase Cover. £15.

‘Delft Blue Icons’ by Pepe Heykoop. Paper Vase Cover. £15.

Delft Blue Icons by Pepe Heykoop. Paper Vase Cover. £15.

‘Delft Blue Icons’ by Pepe Heykoop. Paper Vase Cover. £15.

Vermeer Milkmaid by Pepe Heykoop. Paper Vase Cover. £18.

‘Vermeer Milkmaid’ by Pepe Heykoop. Paper Vase Cover. £18.

Vermeer Milkmaid by Pepe Heykoop. Paper Vase Cover. £18.

‘Vermeer Milkmaid’ by Pepe Heykoop. Paper Vase Cover. £18.

Vermeer Milkmaid by Pepe Heykoop. Paper Vase Cover. £18.

‘Vermeer Milkmaid’ by Pepe Heykoop. Paper Vase Cover. £18.

Green Gradient, Grey Gradient, Canal Houses

‘Green Gradient’, ‘Grey Gradient’, ‘Canal Houses’ by Pepe Heykoop

Santa’s solution to the perfect stocking filler for lovers of design, this beautiful hand-stitched paper vase cover will fit any empty bottle. It is adjusted in size by rolling up the paper and the triangular structure allows it to mould around the bottle. The paper vase comes flat packed in a matching envelope. The whole package is the perfect gift for the discerning lover of good design.

Made by a small Netherlands based company this unique design was Winner of the Interior Innovation Award 2013, considered one of the most renowned design awards worldwide.

The vases are made in Mumbai, India, as part of a charity set up to help a specific community living on the streets. The ambition is to lift this small community out of poverty to become self-supporting.

Click here to buy online.

zoo webelephant webbirds weblion webtiger webThis week we had an exciting delivery of children’s books from our favourite small publisher… Corraini Editions.

Why do we love their books? These titles are inspiring, timeless and cherishable. Corraini is an Italian publishing workshop open to international artists, illustrators, designers and educators such as the eclectic, brilliant Bruno Munari.

Alongside this wonderful selection of Corraini titles came this series of children’s posters by designer and educator, Bruno Munari, taken from his book ‘Zoo’. Only £15 each 40 x 30cm, they can be framed and would make the perfect gift for a child’s bedroom – Lion, Tiger, Birds & Elephant. All available from our online shop.

A bit about the book ‘Zoo’ - ‘An entertaining stroll among highly coloured animals. The exceptional lively pictures, unusual layout and amusing use of signposts make this original, half real, half imaginary Zoo fun for adults and children alike.’

Visit our children’s section to see our full selection of Corraini titles.

 

exterior 1In our Halloween window (put together by Katherine), we have a small collection of dark and chilling ghost stories, published by Seren (welsh for star). One of the most interesting independent publishing houses in Britain (based in Bridgend, Wales), Seren nurtures and publishes talented writers and poets whose outstanding quality is recognised around the world.

If you can’t get enough of this haunting time of year we suggest popping in (or phone us) to grab a copy of ‘Sing Sorrow Sorrow’, an anthology of obscure horror and supernatural tales to get anyone quivering in their boots. Mark my words.

All the Souls. by Gwendoline Davies. Superstition, legend, folklore rooted in the landscape. £8.99

‘All the Souls’ by Mary-Ann Constantine. Superstition, legend, folklore rooted in the landscape. £8.99

 

‘Sugar Hall’, a ghost story by Tiffany Murray. £8.99

‘Sugar Hall’, a ghost story by Tiffany Murray. £8.99

‘Sing Sorrow Sorrow’ edited by Gwendoline Davies. A collection of other worldly borrow stories. £9.99

‘Sing Sorrow Sorrow’ edited by Gwendoline Davies. A collection of other worldly horror stories. £9.99

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Andrew Ludick – small & medium earthenware bowls £40/ 80

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Andrew Ludick – small & large earthenware bowls £40/ 147

To celebrate the food festival again this year we have stunning collections of ceramics by some of the best contemporary ceramic makers.

Just arrived …the bold, distinctive patterned bowls of Andrew Ludick. Having originally studied illustration at Columbus College of Art, Andrew changed his focus away from painting and drawing to working with clay after moving to Ireland in 2003. He is influenced by the arts of the indigenous cultures of Africa and the Americas along with work by Paul Klee, Joan Miro, Thelonious Monk and Eric Dolphy.

…new work by a long time favourite of ours, Dylan Bowen, who has been having a really successful year with a demonstration and talk at The Ashmolean Museum in Oxford alongside a joint exhibition at the Oxford Ceramics Gallery with his renowned father Clive Bowen. (See images below)

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Andrew Ludick – assorted bowls

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Andrew Ludick – assorted bowls

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Dylan Bowen – thrown slipware vase £300

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Dylan Bowen – collection of small slipware plates £60 each

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Dylan Bowen – oval slipware plate £240

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Dylan Bowen – oval slipware plate (detail)

 

 

 

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Paintings by Nina Feldman & Susie Bright

 

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Painting by Jane Bennett, ceramics by James & Tilla Waters

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Paintings by Carl Arroyo & Annica Neumuller

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Work on paper by Helen Booth

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Work by Helen Booth, Diana Heeks & Conrad Clarke

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Paintings by Kumar Saraff & Thomas Hashett

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Paintings by Kumar Saraff, Susie Bright & Annica Neumuller

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Ceramics by Dylan Bowen, Dan Hides & James Burnett-Stuart

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Jewellery by Syann van Niftrik

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Peg dolls by Rachel Larkins

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